The Len Price 3 live at The Railway – Photo by Paul Slattery
It’s been said plenty of times that The Len Price 3 are the best band you’ve never heard of and the tongue-in-cheek title of their fourth and finest long player is testament to that. Nobody Knows is a blistering assault through 13 tracks that collectively provide a perfect distillation of their trademark sound. Often compared with 60s giants such as The Who and The Kinks, this barnstorming collection of pulsating pop gems further confirms they belong in such heady company. The album was recorded at London’s Gizzard Studios using analogue tape technology. This provided the band with a broader palette and somehow enabled them to capture that elusive lightning-in-a-bottle essence of their notoriously raucous live shows.
Nothing of their immediacy is lost in the pursuit of a classically recorded sound. This record’s lean perfection is akin to a finely tuned, glistening reconditioned vintage engine that, in turn, manages to emit a thunderous garage growl while simultaneously reaching majestic pop heights and sonically dynamic soundscapes. Their trademark blazers adorn the sleeve and as with their sartorial sophistication, each track is draped in their distinctive harmonies that elevate the band from so many of their contemporaries.
Their signature Medway garage sound is combined with the acerbic mini rock-opera lyrics that provide the listener with a sonic journey – reaffirming their elemental pop power on tracks like the title track, the pulsating My Granddad Jim and the amphetamine spiked Words Won’t Come. Elsewhere the record takes on a contemplative and melodic turn with tracks like the beautifully reflective Medway Sun and the evocative Couldn’t Get Much Worse. The immensely epic and surreal finale, The London Institute, explodes into a cavalcade of apocalyptic psych noise as the album thunders to an end.
With this album, they are destined to garner the recognition so many of their existing fans know that they thoroughly deserve.
Watch the video for their single “Swing Like a Monkey,” featured in the upcoming indie film Pubmonkey. Nobody Knows is available now on John Luongo Management Recordings
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